Prepper Book Festival 13: Crafting With Paracord

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: January 15, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 13: Crafting With Paracord

From day one in my preparedness journey, I have been enamored with paracord.  I carry it with me at all times, in the form of a key ring, bracelet, lanyard for my emergency whistle, and as a leash for my dog.  This stuff is really strong and has so many uses that I stopped counting long ago.

Most of my paracord do-dads have been purchased, but a couple of years ago I learned paracord braiding myself, and even with my not-so-nimble-anymore fingers, did a darn fine job creating paracord bracelets.  A 100 foot hank of paracord will cost you less than $10, so why not learn to craft paracord items yourself?

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Today I introduce the next book in Prepper Book Festival #13, Crafting With Paracord by Chad Poole.  And what better way to demonstrate what it is all about then to include the chapter on creating your own, DIY bracelet.  Not only that, I have three copies of Chad’s book up for grabs in a giveaway.

Let’s get started!

An Excerpt from CRAFTING WITH PARACORD: The Solomon Bar

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If you’ve seen a paracord bracelet on the Internet or for sale at a store, more than likely the design was a Solomon Bar. While it’s known by many names like Cobra Braid, Macramé Bar, or Portuguese Sinnet, it’s tied the same way by using a series of left and right half knots.

1. Start by cutting two strands of paracord, one short strand (about 2 feet long) that will form the red core of the bar, and one long strand (about 6 feet long) for the gray outer knotted section. The finished bracelet will be about 7 inches long.

2. Find the middle of both strands. Keep the red core strand on the right.

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3. Bring the left strand of the longer gray cord over both red strands and underneath the right gray strand.

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4. Bring the right gray strand underneath both red strands and over the left gray strand.

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5. Pull on the left and right gray strands to tighten; this forms the first half knot.

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6. Bring the right gray strand over the red strands and underneath the left gray strand.

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7. Bring the left gray strand underneath the red strands and over the right gray strand.

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8. Pull on the left and right strands to tighten; this forms the second half knot.


9. Bring the left gray strand over the red strands and underneath the right gray strand. Bring the right gray strand underneath the red strands and over the gray strand.

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10. Pull on the left and right gray strands to tighten; this forms the third half knot. Keep tying using the same technique to form the half knots until you reach the desired length.

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11. Tie an Overhand Knot (see below) using the remainder of the core strands.

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12. Finish the design by cutting the remainder of excess cord and melting the end with a lighter.

That’s it.  It take just a wee bit of practice to get the hang of braiding paracord but, once it is mastered, it is very easy to do!

The Giveaway

Three copies of Crafting With Paracord have been reserved for this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment:  Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”.  This week’s question is:

What is your favorite use for paracord or other cordage?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

At the onset, I mentioned that paracord was so darn useful that I carry it will me at all times.  If you are not familiar with this multi-tasker, what are you waiting for?  Go get some!

Additional Reading:  44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.

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Spotlight:  Crafting With Paracord

Incredibly strong, spectacular in its colors and amazingly versatile, paracord is the ideal material for crafting stylish and functional items. Using easy-to-follow, step-by-step photos, this full-color guide shows how to master dozens of projects, including:

• Braids for fun bracelets and watchbands
• Weaves for one-of-a-kind leashes and luggage straps
• Wraps for tough knife and flashlight handles
• Knots for decorative lanyards and clasps
• Bars for handy ropes and key chains

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64 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 13: Crafting With Paracord”

  1. at this time i don’t use paracord very often. At this time i have paracord in my bug out bag, to be used wherever a rope would need to be used

  2. I have yet to actually USE my paracord but my bracelet is colorful and there if and when I need it!!!

  3. I’ve made several lanyards and key fobs out of paracord. As for other cordage, we live on a ranch and my wife uses second hand bale twine to repair gates and fences.

  4. I always wear a paracord bracelet. I would like to wear an adjustable belt if I knew how to make one. If only I had a book.

  5. We use paranoid for shoe laces, as rope, make bracelets, used it to saw with, etc. We buy it in the 10-20 ft sections.

  6. Hard to pick a favorite. I guess a paracord belt is my most useful, since it gives me so much paracord that I almost always have with me. But in a disaster, I suspect its best use will be to haul a water bucket up from the river to the bridge edge that I plan on using for water collection. I even bought a cheap doormat type rug to use to avoid abrasion of the paracord on the concrete railing.

  7. I just made a Seahawks-colored leash for my new puppy, but I love using paracord for all kinds of tasks. It truly is a staple in my house.

  8. I have’t used para cord as of yet. My 9 yr old grandson made Grandpa a bracelet (too small) but I haven’t figured out how to make anything out of it yet. Would love to win the book and share it with my grandchildren and have them “teach” Gramma how to make stuff out of it.

  9. As a knitter, I would find many uses for paracord. I think I’d like to swap out paracord for my shoelaces and making a strap for a felted bag would be an easy and fashionable way to use it.

  10. Paracord projects are fun to do and useful too! Good looking book I need for my library…
    Robert Sutphen

  11. I am just getting into paracording. I have one project I want to try. Time is the problem. I think that working with paracord would be a down time thing to do, like knitting, crocheting, etc.

  12. My favorite use for paracord is simply shoe laces. It out lasts shoe laces and as long as you have a fair amount of cord you always have the correct shoe lace length.

  13. Thank you for the tutorial, Gaye. My spool of paracord is awaiting. I went through some more bookmarked sites yest and kept the best paracord ones. Tarred bank line is also very useful. Thank you all for the shoelace tip. It was a dur moment for me..

  14. We have paracord bundles in our gear bags. I don’t really know how to do the craft stuff with them. Being able to transform the bundles into something I could hang off our bags with carabiner clips would free up space inside.

  15. Shoelaces are good as other comments have suggested but I carry paracord in my hunting pack to use whenever I need it to help me in working with loose items I want to carry on my pack and whenever I get lucky enough to get an elk or deer it sure comes in handy.


  17. It always amazes me how dumb we have gotten in our modern age of technology. We have truly forgotten how to do for ourselves. Technology is great for what it’s worth but hands on knowledge of doing things is where it is really at. We just don’t know how to make things because if an item breaks that we bought at the store; we simply toss the items and go to the store to get a replacement item – or order a replacement item on-line. God help us if the power goes.

  18. Because it packs down so small, it’s easy to keep a hank or two just stashed about in case it’s ever needed – car, backpack, etc.

  19. There always seems to be something that needs to be tied down around the house, or carrying something in the truck. As a survival tool it is invaluable for tying, making snares, or fixing things.

  20. I can’t say that I have a favorite use for it. The only thing I have is a couple of bracelets I bought that I wear now and then. I do carry a 50 ft chunk of it in my car, but that’s it. I think learning to make stuff with it may give me all sorts of new favorite uses for it. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

  21. So far all I have is a watchband and key fob. I have several packages of paracord and would love to try making some things. I’d like to have a belt.

  22. I bought some green paracord several years ago to use as a fastener and open/close mechanism for storage. I can reuse it for all kinds of things and I like that military green color for many things.

  23. So many things from your site and others I visit that I want to read and there is only so many hours in the day.

  24. Wow! There are some really good suggestions here that I never thought of. I don’t really have a favorite use, but I really like the monkey fist fmy daughter made for my keychain. Just a little extra protection!

  25. My favorite use would be to make a lanyard to keep keys attached to my belt when I am in the garden, a fair distance from the house.

  26. My current favorite is to run a line between two trees and drape a tarp over it for shade/cover over sleeping area! Thanks for the giveaway

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